Timaru cyclist Marc Ryan (Kelford – Reiker Cycling Team) reigned supreme on Saturday to win the opening round of the 2008 Benchmark Homes Tour.  Dream, as he is affectionately known by, finished best amongst the 103 starters in the 131km Benchmark Homes Classic that was raced in atrocious conditions between Yaldhurst and Oxford.

Whilst many other Canterbury sporting events were cancelled due to the weather conditions, the eleven teams and individual entrants assembled in pouring rain with the prospect of over three hours in the saddle ahead of them.  One could have been forgiven for staying in bed, however the hard men and women of the Benchmark Homes Tour were keen to be part of the experience and honour their commitment to their respective sponsors.